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Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon

Also on Sunday was the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon. We had quite a good turn of runner for this race.

The sun was shinning and although it felt quite nice waiting for the race to start art 9:30am it was suffocating towards the end of the race.

The race is on the road, starts on the Headroom and passes through Meanwood, Westwood, Hawksworth and then back to Leeds City centre via Kirkstall Abbey.

Please see the photo for the results but as an overview:
Martin Firth – 1:25:39
Carl Heron – 1:30:27
Matt Thornton – 1:38:06 (I ran on behalf of Richard Newberry as he’s broken his leg)
Maria Rhodes – 1:45:04
Chris Rushworth – 1:45:38
Anthony Lindsay-Yule – 1:52:33
Julie Hepworth – 1:56:54
Daniel Moore – 2:00:30
Rachel Kendall – 2:02:12
Joanne Fortune – 2:05:35
Sharan Loughran – 2:21:33
Shelley Ferneyhough – 2:25:40

Well done every one that ran. Very good times in very hot weather.



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Beaverbrook Blackpool Fun Run 10k

Sunday 8th May, Neil Windle wound his way to windy Blackpool to race the Beaverbrook Blackpool Fun Run 10k.

This race is an out and back on the promenade.

Chip time has Neil down as racing this in 43:46.

Well done, Wicked Windle.

P.S. Photos of Neil also seem to be elusive.



Rat Race Dirty Weekend 2016 – 07/05/16

Guess what? I’m back again with more results.

Firstly, on Saturday 7th May 2016, David Hepworth made his way to Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire to take park in the brutal Race Race Dirty Weekend 2016.

An insane OCR (Obstacle Course Race) with a staggering 200 obstacles scattered over 20 miles. 

To give you a slight insight, some of these challenges have names like Stink Trench, Scree Scramble, Nasty Crawl etc.

David Hepworth completed this animal in an excellent 6:44:20, placing him 1852nd out of 3726 who finished.

Well done sir, I doff my cap to you.

As always, regards,




Kirklees 10k – 07/05/16

Good night everyone,

Yet again it’s been a busy old weekend for QRCers partaking in various races. I’m nodding off as I type so I’ll just cover one race. The rest I’ll continue tomorrow…

On Saturday 7th May a few of our runners tackled the Kirklees 10k Challenge. The route is an out and back course from just outside Huddersfield to Linthwaite along canal towpaths and some roads.

The results are as follows (out of a field of 254):
Position Name Time
22 Joanne Horan 44m 15s
114 Stephen Brook 55m 32s
131 Maria Keating 57m 29s
230 Julie Bauer 1h 11m 22s

Excellent work guys.



P.S. Some of the best finish line photos ever.P1070111 P1070682 P1070602 P1070234 P1070105

John Carr – Race 1 – 04/05/16

Night all,

This evening was the first race of the John Carr Series. The series is hosted by the Saltaire Striders and is set in the grounds of the Yorkshire Water treatment plant near Esholt. It’s a relatively flat series and a good opportunity to get a PB. The races are held for 3 consecutive Wednesdays and you don’t need to enter all 3 so if you fancy it you can ever race 2, which is next Wednesday, here
It’s also a chip recorded race so times are accurate.

This evening we had 12 QRC’ers run the race. A few got close to their PB and a couple beat it.

Stacey Cleal and Neil Windle broke their PB comfortably but show off Andy Smith smashed his by over 3 minutes. A record he previously set at the John Carr series last year.

Also a huge well done to local heart throb, Tom Collinge, who came home 6th out of a group of insanely strong front runners.

Please see photo for results…

Sweet dreams,



The Bluebell Trail – 01/05/16

Following on from Ben’s awesome feat, Sunday saw a race closer to home. The Bluebell Trail, hosted by Stainland Lions RC, was run by several of our runners and supported by many more.

This race is a tasty 10 miler which includes a run up the notorious Trooper Lane and finishes with a river crossing.

The race was won by Stainland’s own Lion, Ben Mounsey in an blistering 61:10.

We had a few impressive results of our own too:

Tom Collinge romped home in 70:21 and snatched 5th place.
Peter May powered round in 83:16 and made 51st place.
Peter Gibbons put in the effort for 90:54 and made the top 100 with 98th.
Anna Smith crossed the line as the first QRC female in 95:49 and 140th
Stacey Cleal was hot on Anna’s tail with 96:20 and 143rd.
Graham Jowett made it round in 100:20 and bagged 182nd.
Andy Smith brought up the rear in 115:19 and smashing his two hour target. Andy finished 288th out of a field of 433, two of which didn’t finish.

A massive well done to all who ran, supported, took photos and, like me, stayed in bed.



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3 Peaks Race – 30/04/16

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I think this race is pretty self explanatory. It’s a brutal race over the three Yorkshire Peaks, Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. This challenge covers 23.3 miles with an overall ascent of 5279 feet.

Well, our very own Ben Clare raced this beast in an impressive 3:59:07. This time gave him 170th out of a field of 703 who finished. 97 didn’t.

Well done, Ben. Excellent results.



YVAA Grand Prix – 24/04/16

Evening gang,

A little belated, mostly due me having a superfluous social life, but last Sunday was the start of this years YVAA Grand Prix, The Yorkshire Vet’s race series. As long as you are 35 Years and over you are classed as a vet and eligible to race in the Grand Prix.

Sunday’s race took place at Honley and Queensbury was represented by 7 of our runners.

Stacey Cleal was solely representing QRC and was the 14th female coming home is 52:51

Michael Coe was the first QRC runner back in 44:23, 13th Male
Carl Heron made it round in 46:48, 21st Male
Peter May was next with a time of 47:48, 26th Male
Andy Stott had a time of 49:40, 40th Male
Graham Jowett was the 3rd M65 with 54:41, 62nd Male
Andy Smith gallopped across the line in 62:25, 83rd Male

The next race in the series is in West Park, Leeds on the 24th May.

Well done, everyone.

If you want to get involved and race then get in touch.